On Saturday night, Walter Johnson Promotions and Worldboxe hosted a fight card at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Event Center in Greensboro, NC. The best known fighter on the card, light heavywight Elivir Muriqi (37-5, 23 KOs) was impressive with his workman like effort in his bout scoring a third round TKO over veteran Tiwon Taylor (27-16, 20 KOs). For his efforts Elvir picked up the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) America’s belt. In the main event, crusierweights Paul Jennette (12-2, 9 KOs) and Zach Mwekassa fought a slugfest that will not soon be forgotten by any in attendance.
Jennette knocked Mwekassa down in the first and second rounds of the fight. The second knockdown came from a straight right hand that left Mwekassa crumpled on the canvas. Somehow Mwekassa was not only able to make it back to his feet but he was able to fight at almost an even pace with Jennette for the rest of the round. Round three was won by Jennette using his swarming style. Round four saw a slight swing as Mwekassa as he caught his second wind and controlled the pace of the round with sharp right hands and left hooks. Round five looked to be the end for Jennette as Mwekassa landed huge hooks and rights hands that left Jennette stretched through the ropes as Referee Bill Clancy gave him an eight count. Thirty seconds later Mwekassa through another barrage of punches that left Jennett slumping into the ropes and caused Clancy to again step in with an eight count. Mwekassa, sensing the end, jumped on Jennette and through a barrage that was suprisingly met by counter fire from Jennette. Both men stood toe-to-toe and slugged it out until a huge left hook by Jennette left Mwekassa holding on for dear life. The round ended with a Jennette left hand that sent Mwekassa through the ropes and virtually out on his feet. Round six and rounds seven were much of the same with Mwekassa taking six and Jennette taking seven. Without knowing how the judges had it scored both men came out with guns ablazing they both threw more than 80 punches on the final stanza with the last bomb being landed by Jennette almost at the bell.
In the end Jennette had done enough to win a surprising split decision 78-74 (Will Hall), 75-74 (Ty Evans) and 74-77 (Steve Elliot) for Mwekassa.
In another featured bout, heavyweight Jonathon Haggler (21-2, 17 KOs) won the Universal Boxing Council America’s title (UNBC) looking sensational with his 1:36 destruction knockout victory over Brad Gregory (12-4, 8 KOs).
The undercard feature some very exciting bouts:
Middleweight Lamar Russ 160 made a succesful pro debut with a third round knockout of veteran Frank Armstrong 4-13(2KO’s)
Richard Rivers 126 made his Pro debut and scored a beautiful one punch knockout of Shante’ Fleming at 1:34 of round one.
Former Cuban Olympian Rances Bartholemey 126 3-0 (3KO’s) looked fantastic with his one round massacre of debuting Andre Barnes.
Also light heavyweight sensation Sergei Kovalev of Russia (5-0, 5 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO of journeyman Mickey Stackhouse of Florence, SC.
The near sellout crowd of 600 enjoyed every bit of the action.